Police Reform

Coverage of civil action, news events and policy change pertaining to policing in Chicago, Illinois and the U.S.

The draft policy aims to undercut a dramatic rise in stops that disproportionately target people of color and rarely lead to arrests. “It felt like it was time to do something about it,” said Foxx, who is stepping down as Cook County state’s attorney this year.
Pierre Tyler, 32, is accused of killing Andris Wofford — the mother of his 9-month-old child — during an argument over whether he had secretly married another woman.
The Southern Poverty Law Center urged Mayor Brandon Johnson and Police Supt. Larry Snelling to reconsider the decision not to take disciplinary action against eight officers connected to the Oath Keepers, six of whom admitted to joining the group.
El acuerdo resolvería una demanda federal de derechos civiles presentada por la hermana de Irene Chávez, de 33 años, encontrada ahorcada en una celda de detención de la policía en diciembre de 2021 tras ser detenida por un cargo de agresión simple.
The settlement goes to the mother of Astarte Washington. On May 31, 2020, Astarte, then 15, was ordered to the ground by police. She was then run over by a CPD squad car after an officer failed to put the car in “Park.” She suffered a hairline fracture of her hip.
The settlement would resolve a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by the sister of Irene Chavez, 33, found hanged in a police holding cell in December 2021 after being arrested on a charge of simple battery.
The group the People’s Art Institute accused law enforcement of yanking people’s hair, strangling them, and hitting people with batons and metal fences at the Saturday protest.
No offense to Supt. Larry Snelling, but we’re looking forward to a review by City Hall’s independent inspector general, Deborah Witzburg.
“Every time Chicagoans demand police accountability, nothing happens,” said Jeff Tischauser, a Chicago-based senior researcher with the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Mayor Brandon Johnson and CPD Supt. Larry Snelling had earlier vowed to rid the department of officers listed on the anti-government group Oath Keepers’ rolls.
Anthony Driver Jr., president of the interim commission, and interim vice-president Remel Terry are among the mayor’s appointees.
The oversight agency investigating the shooting has reported that four officers fired nearly 100 rounds at Reed after he shot another officer in the wrist March 21 in the 3800 block of West Ferdinand Street.
The lawsuit accuses Chicago police of promoting “brutally violent, militarized policing tactics,” and argues the five officers who stopped Reed “created an environment that directly resulted in his death.”
A judge has affirmed officers’ right to have an arbitrator decide their fate in serious cases, but has also said those hearings should be open because of the public interest in misconduct by police.
At a rally at police headquarters, community members called for greater transparency of the investigation, a halt to the use of tactical units and an end to pretextual traffic stops.
Court documents and police records offer more details about the man killed last month in a shootout with police in Humboldt Park.
Details of the case were included in a report published by Inspector General Deborah Witzburg’s office, which details serious misconduct investigations involving city workers, one of several that found evidence of apparent police cover-ups.
Ald. Brendan Reilly said he’s concerned paying a settlement to Bryan Mejia, who suffered a fractured leg and torn ACL, will invite protesters expected for the Democratic National Convention to wreak havoc, then bombard the city with lawsuits.
The shooting happened in the West Side’s Harrison District, where there are more police traffic stops than anywhere else in the city.
The way those investigations are now done in Chicago raises questions about whether it complies with a 2016 law. The idea of having the State Police do them was originally recommended to then-Mayor Lori Lightfoot in 2020.